MIAMI —Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport operations were halted last Thursday October 29 at noon after Dynamic Airways flight 405 bound to Caracas, Venezuela caught fire, authorities said.
Dynamic Air Flt.405 experienced an engine fire while taxing to the runway. The fire was quickly extinguished. Passengers were evacuated.
— Fort Laud Hlwd Int’l (@FLLFlyer) October 29, 2015
FAA officials informed that the aircraft, a Boeing 767-200 (Registration N251MT / MSN 23280 / LN 131), caught fire while taxiing for departure. A crew from an aircraft taxing behind the airplane reported a fuel leak before the fire started.
#breaking we are on LIVE w/ plane fire at FLL @CBSMiami #CBS4 pic.twitter.com/va6RG6Frfh
— liz roldan (@lizroldancbs4) October 29, 2015
UPDATE: 14 transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 101 passengers on board Air Dynamic flight: https://t.co/9kR2mA6TdH
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) October 29, 2015
Passengers were deplaned via slides and initially sent to Terminal One, and later were lodged in the Family Assistance Area in Terminal Four in a secure area off to the public. The airline released a statement on Facebook regarding the accident:
Today October 29th 2015 while taxiing for an on time departure from Fort Lauderdale to Caracas, Dynamic International Airways Crew became aware of an engine problem. The crew followed the emergency procedures, shut down the engine and evacuated the aircraft in order to assure safety to all on board. The Company is conducting initial investigation and will issue further information once available. Safety of our passengers and crew members is the first priority of Dynamic International Airways. Dynamic International Airways is currently arranging accommodation and transportation for all passengers impacted by today’s flight disruption. Airline expects to continue operation as per the schedule starting tomorrow October 30th 2015. Dynamic International Airways would like to thank its passengers for their patience and support while our teams conduct their duties.
WATCH: Full video of news conference regarding plane fire at @FLLFlyer airport. @BrowardSheriff https://t.co/UuxriCUq5P — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) October 29, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an air traffic alert saying operations at FLL “are suspended due to a fire emergency on the field.” In a statement, Greg Meyer, from Broward County Aviation Department, informed:
Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened our north runway this evening at 7:45 p.m.
We experienced 226 flight delays today, 121 arrivals and 105 departures. Some delays were up to nine hours in duration. Additionally, we had 43 flight cancellations, 21 of those were arrivals and 22 were departures.
The aircraft has been removed from the site near Terminal 1 and relocated to the western portion of the airport, and its bags and cargo have been off-loaded. The Broward County Aviation Department is working with our airport partners to reunite the passengers with their belongings left behind during the aircraft evacuation.
Friday morning we have a contractor coming to the airport to inspect any damage to the taxiway and to schedule repairs as soon as the aircraft is removed from the site and relocated to the western portion of the airfield.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it is sending a four-person team to FLL to investigate. Meanwhile, Boeing announced that would provide assistance to the NTSB in the investigation.
Boeing is providing technical assistance to the NTSB as it investigates today’s Dynamic Airways incident at FLL.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) October 29, 2015
On November 2, Fort Lauderdale Airport authorities informed that repair works in the areas damaged by the fire were underway. A total of 11,700 square feet (1,086 sq m) equivalent to four tennis courts required the removal of approximately 230 tons of Asphalt. Authorities also reported to have these works completed on Tuesday and reopened a day lated, with an estimated cost of $86,000.